Skip to comments.Mystery Crop Damage Threatens Hundreds Of Acres
Posted on 06/02/2010 7:02:32 AM PDT by CloudsofFlight
(Memphis 6/1/2010) A mystery is unfolding across MidSouth farms.
Something is killing crops, trees, even weeds and nobody can explain why.
Farmers are scratching their heads and some are worried their crops may be lost to the mysterious plague.
It's happening along a large swath of land near the Shelby and Tipton county border along Herring Hill Road and elsewhere near the Mississippi River bottoms.
Tiny dots appear to have burned onto leaves of all types of plants, and they appear different depending on the plant.
On corn stalks, the dots seem to turn white in the center.
On other plants, a white dust speckles the leaves and then destroys the green life underneath.
"We found it all in the herbs, in the flowers, in the plum tree, in the weeds," said organic farmer Toni Holt. "It's apparently in everything."
Holt grows organic produce that she sells at area farmers' markets.
As she and other farmers inspect the new growth covered in the perplexing plague, they fear their entire crop may be lost.
Less than ten miles from Holt's crops, the damage could possibly hit hundreds of acres of corn at Wilder Farms.
It appears to have hit everything in its path.
There does not seem to be anything in common with the affected plants.
The Holts raise organic crops, so they don't spray pesticides on any of their fruits and vegetables.
The first thought among some was a new parasite or insect caused the damage, but Wilder farms sprays pesticides and the damage there is exactly the same.
Farmers first noticed the damaging dots over the weekend.
Then Holt came home to find baby birds dead in their nests.
"There are two dead birds hanging out of two different bird houses, so we're concerned about that. We don't know if it's related, but it's alarming," said Holt. "We've got horses, we're concerned about the horses on the grass. We've got chickens. We sell our eggs at the market."
Farmers we spoke with are convinced something in the air caused this damage.
They're asking the USDA and other experts to look into the problem, and so are we.
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Don’t worry, it has nothing to do with toxic dispersants being sprayed by the tons in the Gulf of Mexico, evaporating, and coming back down as rain
“We found it all in the herbs, in the flowers, in the plum tree, in the weeds,” said organic farmer Toni Holt. “It’s apparently in everything.”
Bio-weapons testing? ( and no, I do not mean it’s done by the US gov)
Have there been any crop-dusting planes seen?
The terrorists who perpetrated the 9-11 attacks were interested in crop dusting planes.
Sounds like several different things hitting at once. Maybe weather conditions have allow all to burst forth at once.
Fungus, virus, bacterial infection, etc.
Or it could be some weird crap from a shipping container from China or something.
Dense cosmic ray shower. Everyone put on a cap.
Has to be a fungus, imho.
Far more fun to blame it on an international conspiracy among British Petroleum, Red China and Monsanto.
“Farmers first noticed the damaging dots over the weekend.
Then Holt came home to find baby birds dead in their nests. “
Fungus kills birds?
Read THE BLASTED HEATH by H P lovecraft.
No Blade of Grass...I saw that movie 39 years ago! What a date! Garnett Theater, Tulsa, OK. Now closed.
The book was ...interesting. I have been a fan of post-apocalytic fiction for years.
Some of the recent Jonny Ringo books in the Looking Glass series
Some writers do have a very. .. let's say 'vivid' imagination.
You are right....it is from the oil in the atmosphere ending up in the rain.
I don’t think the birds are connected with the plant deaths.
It hasn’t rained around here in a while. That’s not it.